Real estate developers require a law firm that can offer breadth of expertise and advice to address all the components that must be assembled to develop any real estate project. We understand the challenges developers face and we look for efficient and creative solutions to such concerns. We work well with clients who are driven to complete outstanding projects in demanding situations. We provide precise advice and assist in getting projects done while managing and mitigating risks.

We work with organizations whose focus is on redeveloping key areas of urban centres and partner with these organizations from the outset to identify opportunities and develop strategies to attract investments and funding. Fasken Martineau's professionals are proactively involved throughout the redevelopment process, and provide advice on community relations and local authorities' involvement, structuring, financing, rezoning, subdivision, construction and development.

Our professionals possess the full extent of real estate law tools and techniques. Our clientele benefits from this knowledge and experience as we develop imaginative solutions to make the most of available real estate, either through the development of the subsoil, air-rights or complex ownership interests. We pride ourselves on doing things differently and thinking outside of the box to match our developer clients' boundless imaginations while ensuring that projects are workable and bankable. Our extensive experience in project finance and asset-based finance ensures that we can deliver added value in finding sources of financing for our clients.

We also have in-depth knowledge of municipal law and the workings of local governments and authorities, which enables us to review and modify, when necessary, land use planning and zoning by-laws.

Our Clients

We act for major real estate investors and developers; pension funds; financial institutions and lenders; real estate investment trusts (REITs); real estate investment funds and institutional investors; private equity funds and sponsors; insurance companies; crown corporations and public and quasi-public entities; office and retail landlords; major tenants; builders, owners and managers of hospitality properties; and developers of commercial, multi-residential, mixed-use, industrial and office properties.

We are passionate about the future. We encourage start-up companies, whether as owners, investors, operators or developers, and also work with existing blue chip investors and development companies.

Our Expertise

  • Development and construction management agreements
  • Complex ownership structures and agreements
  • Emphyteutic leases
  • Superficies, co-ownership and servitudes
  • Ground leases, leasehold interests, easements
  • Contractual joint venture and participation agreements & sponsorships
  • Municipal and administrative law, including zoning and permitting
  • Site planning, development and infrastructure agreements with municipalities
  • Construction and mezzanine financing
  • Construction contracts
  • Property appraisal and realty taxes